Sustainable Transitions in Energy

This website and the related training courses come from a textbook that I have been working on called Sustainable Transitions in Energy. I have worked for many years as an oil and gas analyst and consultant, and more recently I have been involved in the energy transition through serving on the Council of the British Institute of Energy Economics. I believe that the challenge facing the world is to make a series of interlocked transitions in energy as quickly as possible. Please click on the photo of me to the right for more details about my experience in the energy and resource sector. 

The Eight Key Transitions

Rather than a single Energy Transition, there are eight key transitions that will have to be made to meet climate targets and to ensure a sustainable future for the growing world population. These are as follows:

  • Heating and Cooling
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Mobility and Transport
  • Manufacturing and Industry
  • Electricity
  • Buildings and Urban Design
  • Dealing with Waste
  • People and Society

Resource Economist provides courses on each of these key transitions, dealing in particular with how the changes will affect demand for existing energy sources such as oil and gas, and what timeframes will be involved.

Actors and Institutions

A sustainable transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy will not happen without a range of actors from around the world coordinating action to ensure sustainable climate-friendly actions. These actors will be drawn from government, state and city administrations, companies and the financial community, as well as minority groups and the public.

We provide coaching and mentoring programs for all these groups, including how they can work together, how conflicts can be resolved between competing interests. We have access to a wider group of highly-motivated courses through our involvement with Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching.


A huge range of technologies exist to facilitate the switch from fossil fuels to more sustainable alternatives. But few people understand the scale of the world’s energy needs, and the potential growth in emerging markets. Fuel substitution will not take place overnight, and will move at a different pace depending on which of the eight transitions is underway.

Our courses provide expert tutorials in how these transitions will affect demand for energy commodities including oil, gas, coal and their derivatives, and how quickly the new energy sources can be scaled up. 


It is critical that efforts to move away from fossil fuels as an energy source are implemented quickly and in a way that can be scaled up to meet the enormous energy needs of the emerging world. We believe that non-energetic uses of oil and gas should also be developed in a way that is sustainable. 

Resource Economist

Resource Economist provides skills support for companies involved in energy and the energy transition. We do this through training courses, mentoring and coaching in oil, gas, power and renewables.

We are passionate about the use of coaching in the workplace, as a way to catalyse change and encourage flexible mindsets as the industry undergoes a profound transformation. We also offer personal skills development courses such as presentation and writing skills.

Resource Economist believes that people and communities are at the heart of modern energy systems, making soft skills as important as technical expertise.  We support local communities including those of indigenous peoples who want to play a more active role in the development of their natural resource endowment.  


Resource Economist provides highly interactive training through public and in-house courses with particular focus on the interaction between fossil fuels and new energy. We are currently updating our list of courses and it will be available shortly.


As the energy system evolves and becomes ever more complex, the need for flexible staff with a passion for life-long learning has become acute. Strong inter-personal and communication skills are becoming as important as technical expertise. Resource Economist has a network of experienced energy professionals who can act as mentors and coaches who want to maximize the potential of staff at every level.


Resource Economist supports companies and staff through work-focused individual and team coaching.  The need for active coaching of staff becomes more acute as the energy and natural resource sector respond to environmental initiatives aimed at limiting the impact of climate change.

This transition has profound implications for companies and their leadership teams. It is already affecting staff motivation and goals, recruitment and retention policies, and the wider engagement of people in the community. 

Peter trained as a leadership coach and has a Certificate in Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching from Middlesex University. Peter also runs a coaching blog


Resource Economist runs and hosts informal briefings, round-table discussions and breakfast meetings to enhance dialogue between energy communities. These can be used for staff education or to bring companies and their customers together. See the events page for further details. For further details please contact Peter Stewart using email or ring +44 (0) 7703341529.